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Well hello fellow readers of OCN. I'm in a bit of a pickle so to speak and need some input from the community.

We all know that there really isn't anything new happening on the mb front for AMD, but I'm finding most of my go to mb's for fm2 builds are dwindling.

This is where my pickle starts haha, I have a client that is a good friend of mine so I am trying to help him out. He brought me an old AM2 gigabyte mb with a Athlon 64 X2 6000+. Yeah a good ol trusty Windsor core, can't believe it has served him so well till now, which leads into why he is doing this, apparently Legion is coming out for WoW so he is diving back in. I'm told this will be main use of rig once done.

His current gpu is a HD4650 and 2GB ram which one stick is crapping out on him. So he was going to just get ram but I just can't justify telling him to spend money on such an outdated platform and overall system.

I have $140 to get MB and PSU for him. But what MB that leaves me room for a respectable psu is my conundrum.

I have a micro ATX case I was thinking about using but I can always use his old ancient one again as well. I found a few as I'm trying to stay within A88X territory.

But let's just say I ended up with $60 for my mb budget, does anyone have an A68 chipset experience? I know he isn't going to take care of his pc the way he should so just worried about vrm temps and I will be needing at least 3 fan headers.


My other option is just buy myself a new FM2+ mb and replace my MSI A88XM-E45 that I use in one of my HTPC's with something better, but that's very subjective and I find I like the A88XM-E45 but I can't find them anymore at a reasonable price.

SO after my blabbering here is a TL:DR FM2+ MB for $60 or there about's, friendly to a 750K pushing 4.1-4.2GHz strong VRM? Is it possible?

I've looked at for sale threads here and in general but no FM2+ really just AM3+ and such talks and builds.

I'm giving him 4GB Team Xtreme 2133MHz ram, an old HD4890 I have and the Athlon X4 750K, I figure since it's sitting in a mox doing nothing might as well let someone use it. I think compared to what he did ahve all will be fine for him except the gfx card, he will want something better later I'm sure.

Just trying to fish for some idea's on how to give him best bang for buck on $140. Any thoughts or inputs are very much welcomed. thumb.gif
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I jumped back in the game last year with an X4 860K build. I picked up a Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H off Newegg for about $45 after rebate, they're going for $75 currently.

To address VRM heat issues, these little chipsinks worked wonders (perfect size for the VRMs). I added an 80mm fan for good insurance.

Anyways, the board was rock solid at pushing the 860K to a very stable 4.4GHz. I don't recall what my voltages were, but it was one of the easiest boards I've dealt with, OC wise. It also has 3 PWM fan headers.
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I jumped back in the game last year with an X4 860K build. I picked up a Gigabyte F2A88XM-D3H off Newegg for about $45 after rebate, they're going for $75 currently.

To address VRM heat issues, these little chipsinks worked wonders (perfect size for the VRMs). I added an 80mm fan for good insurance.

Anyways, the board was rock solid at pushing the 860K to a very stable 4.4GHz. I don't recall what my voltages were, but it was one of the easiest boards I've dealt with, OC wise. It also has 3 PWM fan headers.
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Same board I was going to recommend. If you don't intend to OC a whole lot, you can run it as is. But you can wring some real performance out of a CPU on the D3H with a set of cheap heatsinks on the VRM's like those. I've used that board for a number of budget builds and it does a good job. I had a 6800K running at 4.4 on the D3H at one point.

You can also upgrade to an 860K later on if the 750K starts coming up a little short.
     
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Thanks for the thoughts. I hadn't really payed attention to that mb in my search. But I think by adding a few sinks that just may fit the bill.

I finally found a couple AsRock options I may toss into my line of thought as well. I went ahead and scored an FSP Aurum AU-600 for the psu at $70 so if I help him stretch $10 that gigabyte is in just the right price range as well.
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No problem man! I don't think you or your friend would be disappointed with that board. Get 'em to join up and post a build log!

Good price on that FSP! I've always been a huge proponent of efficient and capable PSU's. Come to think of it, this i5 is the first build where I've spent more on a processor than the power supply... biggrin.gif
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